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January 21, 2003

Albany-- An afternoon fishing trip turned into a frigid dip in the lake for a Southwest Georgia man Monday.

Marvin Hall of Lee County was getting ready to put his boat on its trailer at Cromartie Beach, but it blew away from the pier.

Hall jumped in the cold water to swim after his boat. The wind, though, made it an impossible task.

"The temperature of the water is probably in the 40's," said Albany Fire Department Captain H. E. Paul.

A bystander spotted hall and called 911. Albany Fire And Rescue were able to get him out of the water within three minutes of arriving.

Captain Paul said Hall did the smart thing by hanging on to a buoy. But he also said the best thing to do in that situation is to stay out of the water and get help retrieving the boat.

posted at 11:00AM by dave.miller@walb.com